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Does Netflix Care About their Developer Community?

Does Netflix Care About their Developer Community?

It seems that Netflix is determined to create mobs of angry people. Last year the company announced it was going to spinoff its disc rental service to a new business called Qwikster. The company aborted the plan less than a month after the announcement when the stock price tanked and customers loudly protested. During the cleanup of the Qwikster mess, Netflix promised to continue support for DVD features in public API. It seems the decision makers at Netflix had their fingers crossed. Netflix announced several changes to its public API on its developer blog that created some developer backlash and confusion.... more »
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Transparency a Double Edged Sword for Big Data in UK Government

The British government hopped aboard the big data bandwagon this week with a new initiative that’s bent on making the U.K. a better place by sharing information collected by the different agencies. The full details are covered in this white paper, and over 9,000 datasets  have been released so far, spanning health, transport, crime and many other areas. “Today we’re at a pivotal moment – where we consider the rules and ways of working in a data-rich world and how we can use this resource effectively, creatively and responsibly,” said Cabinet Office Minister Francis   Maude. “This White Paper sets out clearly... more »
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This Week in the Cloud: All About End-Users

A lot of the main highlights from the past few days can be traced back to the personal cloud rather than the enterprise, and although the latter category is still very much adequately represented it’s good to spice up the main theme every now and then. The heart of consumer coverage centered on Google I/O, where the company made a number of big announcements much to the delight of fans and bloggers. Google debuted Nexus 7 and Nexus Q: one a tablet that’s running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the second a smooth black sphere that connects to your device... more »
Acunote Analytics Takes the "Politics" Out of Office Decisions

Acunote Analytics Takes the "Politics" Out of Office Decisions

Analytics firm Acunote has an impressive clientele that includes tech firms like EMC, IBM, Google Apps and other enterprise such as Bank of America. The company offers analytical solutions that make it easier to manage large workforces and predict where a project is going – now even better thanks to Management Analytics. Management Analytics is the latest extension to Acunote’s portfolio, and its name reflects its purpose rather accurately.  The product aggregates data about the productivity of individual team members or even entire groups, and tracks the progress of a task in real-time. This is all then displayed in the form... more »
Facebook Testing "Want" Button: A Preemptive Strike Against Amazon and Pinterest Wishlists?

Facebook Testing "Want" Button: A Preemptive Strike Against Amazon and Pinterest Wishlists?

Facebook is developing a new functionality into its SDK to allow users to “Want” something with much the same functionality as they could use to “Like” something. Developer Tom Waddington says that he discovered the functionality in Facebook’s JavaScript SDK under the tag that reads “<fb:wants>,” and it looks like it can be displayed, but it doesn’t yet do anything when pressed. So far, it’s obvious that this button would hook into Facebook’s Social Graph and enable them to track yet another metric about the behavior of their users. It would allow Facebook to differentiate between what people want to share... more »
The Nexus 7 Would Be Great If It Had...

The Nexus 7 Would Be Great If It Had...

Google recently unveiled the Google ASUS Nexus 7 -  a tablet made by ASUS (hardware) and Google (software).  This 7” tablet aims to compete with other small tablets, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, as well as bigger tablets such as Apple’s iPad. It boasts faster browsing because of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but some sources say that they’re using old chips on the device AND that’s why it’s priced cheap.  PriceS starts at $199 for the 8GB, no news yet as to how much the 16GB WILL cost.  But the REAL reason why... more »
Microsoft Azure Cloud: Can They Compete with Google Compute Engine in a World of Cloud and Big Data

Microsoft Azure Cloud: Can They Compete with Google Compute Engine in a World of Cloud and Big Data

With the sweeping global tech impact of social, mobile, big data and cloud, it’s becoming rather clear that Google is poised to rock the cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market while Microsoft is pushing the Azure strategy as their alternative to the Amazon and Google cloud plays. Google announced at Google IO their Google Compute Engine which is a viable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) product that allows Linux Virtual Machines (VMs) to run on the same system that powers Google's massive infrastructure.  Google is clearly going after the other leading products, like Microsoft's Azure and Amazon EC2.  Google is quietly saying they... more »
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The Problem with Open Science

One of the tragedies of the modern age is that we have to prepend the word “open” onto science in order to differentiate Open Science from the regular kind -- you know, the kind that’s overrun with IP restrictions and practiced by way too many academic and research organizations. It should never have come to this considering science is about reproducible results under controlled conditions, a process that intrinsically demands transparency and openness. Fortunately, the alarm bells have gone off and many in the research community are taking matters into their own hands. In my experience IP barriers in science come... more »
A Look Back at News Corp.'s Biggest Blunders as Company Splits

A Look Back at News Corp.'s Biggest Blunders as Company Splits

News Corporation, the media group owned by Rupert Murdoch, shaken by the scandal of illegal phone tapping of some of the British personalities, announced in a brief statement that the company will split into two separate companies. News Corp. explained one of the public companies will take care of the television and film business such as 20th Century Fox, the Fox broadcasting network and News Corp's stake in BSkyB, while the other will handle various publication houses including CNNMoney, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Australian, Dow Jones newswire, publisher HarperCollins and The New York... more »
HyTrust Fills Major Security Gap in Virtualized Data Centers

HyTrust Fills Major Security Gap in Virtualized Data Centers

As data center virtualization moves beyond test and peripheral systems into mainstream production environments, enterprises face a major security gap. Maintaining and strengthening traditional security in the underlying physical environment remains important, but the virtualization layer itself also needs to be secured. The security built into commercial hypervisors such as VMware is rudimentary at best and leaves virtualized systems vulnerable. This creates compliance problems, but more than that, warns Eric Chiu, co-founder and president of HyTrust, it leaves companies very vulnerable to anybody who can gain access to the virtual system management layer. How bad can it be? Chiu cites the... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.